Peanut Butter Balls

Did anyone else have that relative that makes homemade candy at Christmas time? My husband did, and he loved it. His great grandma made candy for everyone for Christmas right up until the last few years of her life. This year I decided to try to make a couple kinds of candy, and one of my husband’s favorites is chocolate covered peanut butter balls.Homemade peanut butter balls--they're especially good to make around the holidays!


I’m very happy to say my first attempt was a success! The peanut butter balls weren’t terribly pretty, and they were big. But they tasted great. Which is what matters, right? Riley, my toddler, also enjoyed licking the peanut butter off the beaters. And then lick the remaining chocolate off a spoon. And finally eat a peanut butter ball. Man, that kid is spoiled.

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I will probably get one of those nifty little dough scoopers before making these again. In fact, it’s on my Amazon wishlist now. Having one of those would make them a more uniform size and shape, and they wouldn’t be so huge.

Also, any type of chocolate chips will probably work; milk, semi-sweet, or dark. Perhaps even white chocolate would taste good! If you try that, please let me know how they taste! I’m a bit partial to fair trade dark chocolate myself, but only had semi-sweet on hand, and they taste lovely.

Finally, the recipe calls for 12 ounces of chocolate chips (by weight), but I had to use just a little more. I might have gotten more out of the 12 ounces if I’d popped it back in the microwave for 30 seconds though; it had gotten thick, so the coating of chocolate was thicker, which also made it come out not as smooth. Just know that you’ll need to make the 12 ounces stretch if that’s all you’ve got. And that it needs to be nice and warm and melty for the smoothest, pretties coating.

I gotta give credit where credit is due: the original recipe came from here and I barely modified it. Because it was good. Yum.

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Peanut Butter Balls
Peanut butter insides, chocolate on the outside--a seriously tasty homemade candy!
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  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt with an electric beater or stand mixer.
  3. Use a small spoon or, better yet, a small dough scoop to drop balls of peanut butter onto the baking sheet.
  4. Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe dish in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until they're melted.
  6. Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate, using a fork to roll it around, lift it out, and put it back on the cookie sheet.
  7. Pop them back in the freezer for a couple minutes to harden.
  8. Store in an airtight container. I prefer keeping them in the fridge so they don't start to melt on my fingers when I eat them.
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Lee is the owner and author of Our Little Urban Homestead. She's a wife, mother, and Christian and enjoys reading, gardening, medieval reenactment, and many other hobbies and interests.

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